New Viking Area at Drayton Manor Theme Park

 We visited Drayton Manor Theme Park a few times when the kids were little. Jack was obsessed with Thomas and our days out here hold lots of special memories.

I've always thought Drayton Manor is a lovely theme park with lots to see and do including rides for older children, Thomas Land, a zoo, dinosaur area and more. It's a nice and varied day out with something to suit everyone. 

New Viking Area at Drayton Manor Theme Park

This Spring, a new Viking themed area is opening up at the theme park which gives another reason to visit. There isn't an opening date yet but if you sign up to the Drayton Manor mailing list here you will be the first to know of any news. 

Rides and attractions in the new Viking Area include: 

  • THOR - A disc O'Coaster family thrill ride named after the god of thunder. Board a spinning giant wheel and experience weightlessness as you race along the coaster track 

  • LOKI - The world's first Zamperla Nebulaz. A family thrill ride with four arms and eight gondolas which will take riders to new heights 

  • SLEIPNIR - This experience will take mini explorers through Viking Training School. The ancient Viking mythical horse will teach them how to become a powerful God 

  • JORMUNGANDER - A mini coaster which is ideal for little ones' first mini thrill. This ride will take guests on an epic Viking adventure and provide spectacular views of the park and lake 

  • WALHALLA - A Viking themed restaurant with wooden benches and a sizzling BBQ pit 

  • VIKING THEMED HOTEL ROOMS - The on-site Drayton Manor Hotel plans to open 10 Viking themed rooms with Nordic themed decor, Viking shields and mythical surroundings 


It all sounds great! Find out more and keep up-to-date here: https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/vikings

Getting to Drayton Manor from Newcastle 

Drayton Manor is around a 3.5 hour drive South from Newcastle (in the Midlands). It is possible as a day trip if you don't mind an early morning. The theme park doesn't open until 10:30am so if you leave at around 7am, you should get there for opening. 

If you'd like to stay over, we have always stayed in the onsite Drayton Manor Hotel which is fantastic (and 4*). They sometimes have decent stay and play deals available where you get a second day free so do check out their website. 

Alternatively, (ad affiliate) Premier Inn Tamworth is just over a mile away.

We have also travelled to Drayton Manor by train before. There are direct trains from Newcastle to Tamworth and the station is a very short drive to the theme park (taxis are available outside the station). The journey should take just over 3 hours.


I think when we travelled it was around £80 return for the 5 of us (we are talking a good few years ago). When I've checked prices again, they do seem to have significantly increased but you might be able to find a bargain. 


Drayton Manor - Other Attractions 

As mentioned in the intro, I've always enjoyed Drayton Manor, there is quite a bit to do for all ages. Other attractions include: 

  • 100 Rides & Attractions 
  • 4D Cinema 
  • Crazy Golf
  • 15 Acre Zoo
  • Dino Trail 
  • Discover Thomas Exhibition 
  • Emily's Indoor Play Area 
  • Spencer's Outdoor Play Area 
  • Tidal Towers Adventure Play Area 
  • Thomas Live Show 
Check out the rides and height requirements here 

You can use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers towards tickets, the theme park runs special offers for parent and toddlers and annual passes are available too. Buy tickets ahead of your visit online for the best prices. 

Here are a few photos from previous visits: 





















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